KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Three schools, one game and one goal: to help a student battling lymphoma.
Today, Oliver Springs and Stone Memorial High School played a game for charity. It was the first-ever Careacter Bowl, hosted by Grace Christian Academy in Knoxville.
This was the final game of the year for both the Oliver Springs Bobcats and Stone Memorial Panthers. Both teams missed the playoffs, and just happy to be playing at all.
"Teams that fell short of the playoffs still got the opportunity to play, but more importantly, we wanted it to be for a cause," said Dave Moore, who organized the game.
The cause: Anna Hamilton. The Grace Christian Academy senior is battling lymphoma. Moore says the money from everything sold at the game goes to her family.
"She's really an inspiration to the whole school, but really as girls, just to see the trials she's going through and how she's persevering through everything, and for her relationship with God to stay just as strong as it was, is abig inspiration to everyone," said Miranda, a junior at Grace Christian.
Football star Will McKamey was also on everyone's minds. The head coach's son is still recovering from brain injury, and now inspiring his teammates.
"My heart sank. I didn't know what to do anymore," said Nathan Morris, his friend and teammate. "The only reason we're gonna win this is for Will. That's the thing he wanted most this year. Because being banned for two years, his senior year, gets hurt, yeah we're gonna win it for him."
"He's a coach on the field as well. So he can do that on the sideline and press box, so he's gonna be a big part of this," said Grace Christian Head Coach Randy McKamey.
The Bobcats and Panthers played to win, but the final score doesn't matter this time.
At the end of the game the scoreboard was turned off because Coach Moore says both teams are winners.
"Both teams will receive the exact same championship trophy because they are both champions in the biggest game of all. The game of life," said Moore.
McKamey was also supposed to receive half of the proceeds, but chose to give his share to Hamilton.